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Marathoner Spotlight: Craig Kotfas

The Hideout’s Infamous Improv Marathon is going on RIGHT NOW! This year the 8 marathoners will play for 48 hours straight! The marathon is a fundraiser for our Kid’s Scholarship Program. Click here to donate!

We’ve asked the marathoners about some of their fears, expectations and comforts in preparation for the marathon. Craig Kotfas is one of the longest-standing improvisors in Austin and a Hideout original cast member. He was on all the original Hideout press material, that’s how long Craigy has been around!

1. Why were interested in doing the marathon?

Several reasons. One, I am honored to be part of an amazing event that gives youngsters the gift of improv. I was a mid teen when I started doing improv and it changed my life. If I had a George Bailey moment and saw my life without improv….nope, don’t even want to go there. Secondly, I am drawn to experiencing a wide range of shows in one weekend… like speed dating 48 different ensembles and genres for 50 minutes each. Majority of my shows nowadays are with Knuckleball Now, and now I am pumped to be thrusted into all these great main stage shows, experimental shows and slow burn narratives. And the best thing is I will be doing it with 7 others… 7 people I may not know too well now, some not at all… but come Sunday 5pm, I will have an unforgettable bond with these folks. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect. Most of my dearest friends have done it and say the same thing… well, I will just need to see for myself first.

2. What part of the marathon most scares you?

Hmm, the lack of sleep is a no brainer. I sweat like a mofo, so I will be focused on hydration and grazing, because big meals make me drowsy.

3. What part of the marathon are you most excited about?

See answer to #1. Honestly, I know this isn’t a lifetime achievement award, but as an old grandpa in this improv community, I am thrilled and honored to play with people I never played with. I have good friends that I’ve never shared a stage with until this upcoming weekend. So cool.

4. What comfort item are you bringing?

A positive attitude and gratitude. That gives me more comfort than any memory foam pillow or fuzzy blanket. No doubt, I will miss my comfy bed and my dear Shamayne this weekend, but I would not miss this opportunity.

4. What is your pump up jam?

“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire… always makes me swell with positivity!

The Hideout’s Infamous Improv Marathon runs from 5pm Friday June 23 – 5pm Sunday June 25!

Get your tickets here!

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Marathoner Spotlight: Margaret Hunsicker

The Hideout’s Infamous Improv Marathon is happening RIGHT NOW! This year the 8 marathoners will play for 48 hours straight! The marathon is a fundraiser for our Kid’s Scholarship Program. Click here to donate!

We’ve asked the marathoners about some of their fears, expectations and comforts in preparation for the marathon. Margaret Hunsicker teaches summer camp at the Hideout, performs at the Hideout and will soon be directing a Horror Musical (TM) at the Hideout. She’s a flaming ball of fire!

1. Why were interested in doing the marathon?

I’m interested in the marathon because it seems like an adventure! Something that’s going to be difficult, but rewarding. I anticipate learning a lot about improv, myself, and my fellow marathoners this weekend. Of course, I’m also very invested in the kid’s program at the Hideout; some of my best experiences as a teacher have been with kids that needed that scholarship. I wholeheartedly believe in what we do, and I think every over-tested, artistically under-stimulated, or misunderstood kid that comes through our theatre can benefit from our classes. Everyone deserves some improv in their lives.

2. What part of the marathon most scares you?

I’m afraid of my own body! I’ve never stayed up that long before, and I don’t know how it’s going to feel. I don’t want it to hurt! Luckily, I’m surrounded by people who are going through the marathon with me, and I’ve talked to plenty of people who have done it before.

3. What part of the marathon are you most excited about?

Honestly, I’m excited to play with my friends! I love being around people, I love being at the Hideout, I love performing. I get to do this pretty often, but not “48 hours in a row” often! There are also tons of shows, troupes and formats that I’m not involved with, but I’ve always wondered “what if?” Now I get to experiment with my own skills 46 times, and see what’s the most fun!

4. What comfort item are you bringing?

A couple:

-A big blue blanket to burrito myself into

-Mr. Guy, a floppy stuffed owl

-Clothes and makeup for fun outfit changes, if I can manage!

4. What is your pump up jam?

“Believe” by Cher

The Hideout’s Infamous Improv Marathon runs from 5pm Friday June 23 – 5pm Sunday June 25!

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Marathon Spotlight: J. R. Zambrano

The Hideout’s Infamous Improv Marathon is happening RIGHT NOW! This year the 8 marathoners will play for 48 hours straight! The marathon is a fundraiser for our Kid’s Scholarship Program. Click here to donate!

We’ve asked the marathoners about some of their fears, expectations and comforts in preparation for the marathon. J.R. Zambrano is a regular Hideout Performer and is co-director of our current MainStage “How I Saved The World Over Summer Vacation”.

1. Why were interested in doing the marathon?

I thought it would be a chance to get to do a lot of good for people in a community that I love and care about. I am blown away by the amazing stuff that the folks at the Hideout and the AIC in general have been able to create with generosity and support and love. It’s a little intimidating to face–not in a bad way–but there’s so much outpouring from so many talented people it’s hard to comprehend just how it all works. But that’s emergence for you, i guess. Anyway, I was interested to dive in to all of that. I wanna celebrate it.

Plus there’s something joyous about trying something so exhausting/difficult. Right? It’s like saying “hey look, world, you can throw a mean right hook, but we can take it and do something cool.” That’s what being a person takes sometimes. Improv is all about finding joy in those unprepared, scary moments when everyone’s looking at you. So I wanna keep spreading that kinda empowerment.

2. What part of the marathon most scares you?

If I am honest, a lot of it is weird mental/physical things. Like when I get real sleepy/delirious, my brain will latch onto certain nuggets of information or things I’ve seen and create this whole elaborate backstory that, for a good 30 seconds or so, is incredibly real to me. So someone might hand me a rock, and I’m like, “oh right they’re giving me this because the dinosaurs need it at their rotary club meeting,” and then I’ll have to shake my head and be like, “wait that’s not a real thing. Even though I wish it was.” I mean, I do. I wanna hang out at a dinosaur rotary club meeting and talk about community outreach among pachycephalosauruses but I am scared about how all that will work out. It’s kind of a big fear of mine–the idea of not being in control of what you’re thinking–but thanks to David Lynch’s phenomenal adaptation of Frank Herbert’s masterpiece Dune, I have a trick up my sleeve for facing my fears. I just need to shout a lot and Sting is there for some reason.

3. What part of the marathon are you most excited about?

Getting to do shows with all the people who are going to be a part of this. The rest of the marathon performers are amazing people, and I am excited to know them better. But then also there are so many amazing shows that are happening–like I’ll Take the Physical Challenge (which I am looking forward to doing again), or The Black Vault, or one of the things where we get to do whatever we want and I will just try and make people watch David Lynch’s phenomenal adaptation of Frank Herbert’s masterpiece Dune, with me. Just hanging out, having a good time. That sort of thing.

4. What comfort item are you bringing?

I have no idea. If you have a suggestion for what comfort item I should bring, let me know.

4. What is your pump up jam?

This specific remix of  ”Everybody Everybody” by Strongbad from Homestar Runner

The Hideout’s Infamous Improv Marathon runs from 5pm Friday June 23 – 5pm Sunday June 25!

Get your tickets here!

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